Curriculum Vitae

Sebastian (I.S.) Buhai, PhD: Brief résumé with links (November 2017)
For a detailed Curriculum Vitae please download the
extended PDF version.

Current/ Recent Academic Affiliations

Since 11/2014, I am Associated Researcher at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University, Sweden. Moreover, I have long-term affiliations with the research centers CCP at Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), CELSI (Slovakia), and NIPE at University of Minho (Portugal)the latest of which I have enjoyed visiting frequently in the past years. As of October 2017, I am also a 2017-2018 Advanced Fellow of the STAR-UBB Institute at Babes-Bolyai University (Romania).

Between 01/2015 and 04/2015, I was Visiting Professor at the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) in Rome. From 05/2013 to 10/2014, I was Visiting Faculty at the Department of Economics, Stockholm University. In the interval 05/2010-05/2013, I was Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow,  under EU Commission’s  FP7-People Marie Curie Actions Program, at the Department of Economics, Northwestern University in Chicago (first 2 years) and at the Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University (3rd year). It was a privilege and honor to have Dale Mortensen as scientific mentor for that Marie Curie project, and beyond.

Main Research Interests

Microeconometrics, Labor Economics, Empirical IO, Applied Microeconomics, Real Options, Social Networks

Degree Education

Published and Other Completed Research

* I maintain a much more detailed page on my Economics research including, inter alia, titles/ synopses/ abstracts/ trivia of my (other) research (in progress).

Peer-reviewed academic journal publications:

Selected research in downloadable working paper format:

Published dissertations and research review articles:

Publications, working papers and dissertations in other fields than Economics:

For more details and additional information: please see my extended CV (PDF version).


Sebastian Buhai’s Research in Economics

Research Profile

I am primarily a Labor Economist and Microeconometrician, with further, eclectic interests in themes, as well as in theoretical and/ or empirical modeling tools, typical of (Applied) Microeconomics, (Empirical) Industrial Organization, Game Theory, and Social Networks. Thematically, most of my research to date has studied labor or industrial market-type questions revolving around, inter alia: human capital accumulation and dynamics of worker careers; bargaining, rent-sharing, and wage formation; persistent wage and employment inequality; incentive pay schemes; firm performance, investment in (in)tangibles, and employee outcomes. Methodologically, my research expertise is particularly developed in relation to: noncooperative game theory, real option theory, and search & matching theoryespecially applied in labor contexts; respectively, theoretical and applied dimensions of cross-sectional and panel-data econometrics. You may also want to check out my ORCID, ResearcherID, IDEAS.RePEc, or Scholar.Google profiles, but keep in mind that those are less clear/ complete/ correct than this webpage in terms of listing/ organizing my research production; as for automatic citation retrieval, Scholar.Google outperforms the alternatives—though it still underestimates my citation counts.

Research Output

Publications (peer-reviewed)

Returns to Tenure or Seniority? (with Miguel Portela, Coen Teulings and Aico van Vuuren), March 2014, Econometrica, 82 (2), pages 705–730, DOI: 10.3982/ECTA8688 . See also the corresponding Web Appendix or the old July 2009 version (includes theory framework).
Synopsis. This paper makes original contributions to the wage setting and internal labor markets literatures, conceptually and methodologically. We show that a worker’s tenure relative to her co-workers determines both her layoff probability and her wage, apart from other worker or firm (un)observables. We prove identification of this “seniority” effect in flexible duration and wage regression models, then estimate it on longitudinal LEED from Denmark and Portugal.
Keywords: wage dynamics, tenure, seniority, Last-In-First-Out
J31, J41, J63

Tenure Profiles and Efficient Separation in a Stochastic Productivity Model (with Coen Teulings), May 2014, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 32:2, pages 245-258, DOI:10.1080/07350015.2013.866568 . See also the corresponding Web Appendix or the accepted, non-gated, November 2013 version. Trivia: The paper has earlier had a 2nd R&R at the Review of Economic Studies (with a change of the editor-in-charge for the 2nd resubmission).
Synopsis. This paper makes a critical methodological contribution with substantive implications in the wage dynamics literature. We use real option theory to model the stochastic evolution of worker-firm productivity matches, given job specific investments and efficient separations. We identify the model’s structural parameters from individual job durations & wages, and estimate them on US panel data, informing the incessant debate on wage returns to tenure.
Keywords: random productivity growth, efficient bargaining, job tenure, inverse gaussian, wage-tenure profiles, option theory

JEL-codes: C33, C41, J31, J63

How Productive is Workplace Health and Safety? (with Elena Cottini and Niels Westergaard-Nielsen), October 2017, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 119(4), pages 1086-1104, DOI:10.1111/sjoe.12184. See also the corresponding Online Appendix or the accepted, non-gated, December 2015 version. Trivia: Earlier working paper versions of this article were entitled “The Impact of Workplace Conditions on Firm Performance”; although the paper was accepted (bar minor editing details) in December 2015, it appeared online on the journal’s site only in May 2016, as “early-view” in July 2017, and in an SJE volume only in October 2017…
Synopsis. This paper makes a novel empirical contribution to both literatures on work environment and determinants of firm productivity, extending earlier methodology in this process. We study the causal effect of workplace health & safety indicators on total factor productivity, estimating augmented production functions that account for simultaneity and unobservable inputs; we use unique data, merging panel LEED to cross-sectional surveys on workplace conditions.
Keywords: occupational health and safety, work environment, firm performance, production function estimation
JEL codes: C33, C36, D24, J28, L23

Downloadable working papers

A Social Network Analysis of Occupational Segregation (with Marco van der Leij); current stage: in revision, new version coming soon.
Synopsis. This paper contributes to the literature on persistent employment and wage inequality with a novel applied theory framework. We model occupational segregation between races or genders when referrals matter for jobs and there is positive group-homophily, then we calibrate and simulate this model in a social-welfare analysis. We show that the game-theoretical equilibria, and both the 1st and 2nd-best utilitarian optimal welfare policies entail partial segregation.
Keywords: Social Networks, Homophily, Occupational Segregation, Labor Market Inequality, Social Welfare
JEL codes: J24, J31, J70, Z13

Firm downsizing, public policy, and the age structure of employment adjustments (with Hans-Martin von Gaudecker); current stage: in revision.
Synopsis. This paper combines thematically the labor demand and early retirement literatures, by means of ingenuous theoretical and empirical frameworks. We show theoretically and check empirically that distressed firms will dismiss with predilection their low-skilled employees eligible to retire early, given existing publicly-financed retirement schemes. We devise empirical strategies at individual exit & aggregate worker outflow level, on Danish LEED covering the entire set of mass layoff events over 2 decades, accounting for a number of reforms to the early pension system.
Keywords: early retirement, labour demand, employment adjustment, mass layoffs, LEED
JEL-codes: H32, H55, J26, J65

Work in Progress (plus some temporarily abandoned projects)

  • Job Hazard Premia and Worker Risk Preferences (with Elena Cottini); stage: presentation mode; public draft available soon.

(Tentative) Abstract. We provide a fresh analysis of the theory of compensating wage differentials (CWD) using rich data on self-reported work environment conditions and worker risk attitudes, from a representative 5-wave (1990-2010, 5-year spaced) panel survey of workers, which we link to the Danish register, longitudinal, yearly, matched employer-employee data. Our study improves and extends previous CWD empirical analysis in several ways: a) in standard hedonic wage equations, we control for both individual and firm-specific time-invariant unobserved heterogeneity; we also report spell-first-difference estimates where workers report changes in work conditions within the same job spell; b) we account for worker heterogeneity in attitudes towards health/ safety risks, from information on workers’ smoking habits and their being parents of young children; c) we compare results in a) and b) with alternatives obtained by estimating the workers marginal willingness to pay for job amenities from job separation hazards. For a), we find that the work environment conditions compensated for by hourly wage premia, in the order of 4-6%, are related to flexibility in the working time (“shift premia”), namely “working in irregular shifts”, “working in the evening” and “working at night”. If we account for the selection of workers in hazardous jobs based on observed risk proxies and time-invariant unobservables, we find negative selection of risk-lovers into shift-jobs, with sizable hourly wage premia of 18-26%, while positive or no selection, and no compensation, in other types of hazard work. Finally, shift-jobs CWD estimates based on the worker’s employment history have magnitudes in between those at a) and b). We rationalize our results via a parsimonious model of job hazard premia and worker risk profiles.

  • Performance Pay, Wage Dispersion, and Job Separation (with Miguel Portela); stage: presentation mode; public draft available soon.

(Tentative) Abstract. We investigate the effects of performance pay (PP) on individual wage growth, within and between-firm earnings inequality, and worker-firm separation, using exhaustive Portuguese linked employer-employee longitudinal data for 1986-2007. This is the first economy-wide study in the incentive compensation literature attempting to account for the endogenous compensation policy of firms and for endogenous selection of workers across PP and non-PP firms. In our empirical analysis we are able to control for both unobserved worker and unobserved firm specific heterogeneity, and to proxy for the firm’s costs of switching across PP and non-PP regimes. Inter alia, emphasis is placed on the determinants, effects, and dynamics of managerial incentive pay and turnover. We rationalize our findings by means of an extended Lemieux, MacLeod and Parent (2009, QJE) model.

  • Worker-Firm Dynamics with Seniority Bargaining (with Coen Teulings and Miguel Portela); stage: presentation mode; public draft available soon.

(Tentative) Abstract. We provide microfoundations for worker seniority (a worker’s tenure relative to the tenure of all her co-workers at the firm) as natural bargaining device in large firms with stochastic product demand and irreversible firm-specific investments required for each newly hired worker. The firm and its workers simultaneously bargain for layoff order and wage schedule, whereupon infra-marginal senior workers get wage premia and layoff insurance. Buhai et al (2014, ECTA) have already shown empirically that wages increase and job exit hazard decreases with seniority, on exhaustive linked-employer-employee-data from Denmark and Portugal. Using the same data, and econometric methodology adapted from both Buhai and Teulings (2014, JBES) and Buhai et al (2014, ECTA), we argue that the seniority profile in wages is a proxy for the return to the extent of worker-firm specific investments.

  • Employee Wage, Employer Size and Stochastic Labour Demand; stage: presentation mode
  • A Real Options Theory of Labor Turnover
  • Business Cycles and the Age Structure of Labour Adjustments. Structural Framework and Empirical Assessment (with Hans-Martin von Gaudecker)
  • Disentangling Labor Adjustment Costs (with Miguel Portela)
  • Recovering wage offer and employee productivity distributions in search models: an empirical investigation using Danish data (with Jesper Bagger)
  • Estimation of an Equilibrium Model of Firm Dynamics (with Julien Prat)
  • On Labour Market Transitions under Efficient Bargaining and Idiosyncratic Productivity Shocks (with Dimitris Pavlopoulos)
  • Structural Estimation of a Two-Sided Matching Employer-Employee Model (with Daniele Condorelli)
  • Peer Group Effects and College Choice (with Marisa Hidalgo Hidalgo)
  • Experimental Evidence on Fairness among Workers (with Jens Grosser)

Published Dissertations & Scientific Reports

Essays on Labour Markets: Worker-Firm Dynamics, Occupational Segregation and Workplace Conditions (digital version accessible via the EUR online repository), PhD Thesis 2008, Erasmus University Rotterdam/ Tinbergen Institute, published as book by Thela Thesis -Academic Publishing Services, in the Tinbergen Institute Research Series (no. 431), Amsterdam, The Netherlands; November 2008

Wages, Seniority and Separation Rates in a Stochastic Productivity Model: A Comparative Perspective, MPhil Thesis 2003, Tinbergen Institute, published as monograph by the Lumen Publishing House (Editura Lumen), Iasi, Romania; February 2006

Quantile Regression: Overview and Selected Applications, Ad-Astra Journal (Young Romanian Scientists’ Journal), Vol. 4, 2005

Note on Panel Data Econometrics, Netherlands Network of Economics (NAKE) “Nieuws”, 15 (2), December 2003

Selected unpublished work from my graduate student days (surveys, reports, course papers, etc.)

On Risk in Educational Choice: Brief Overview and Research Note, December 2003

Investigating Reciprocal Motivation in Experimental Labor Markets, June 2003

Incomplete Contracts and the Theory of the Firm, January 2003

Job Search and Contact Networks, April 2002

For research publications/ working papers/ dissertations in other scientific fields/ disciplines than Economics, please see the corresponding section of my Curriculum Vitae page; for works often containing research bits/ partly based on research, but targeting a potentially wider audience, please see my Essays page; you can also check out the list of courses followed during my graduate education programs at the Tinbergen Institute, with (non-updated) links to their instructors’ webpages (for external summer schools and workshops, please see the corresponding section in my extended CV). Finally, you should also check out my (mostly research-based) teaching activities.


Sebastian Buhai’s Teaching in Economics

Teaching Philosophy

I am a keen promoter of research-based teaching, holding the view that both scientific research and (post)university-level teaching are sine qua non ingredients of true academe and highly complementary inputs in efficient academic production processes. The following quote from Wilhelm von Humboldt’s  (1810) “On the Internal and External Organization of the Higher Scientific Institutions in Berlin” aptly illustrates this perspective:

Science cannot be truly lectured on as science without again conceiving of it as self-actuating each time, and it would be incomprehensible if people did not in fact in the process often come upon discoveries. Moreover, university teaching is not such an arduous business that it should be regarded as interruption of the leisure for study rather than an aid to the same.

At the same time, I firmly believe that modern university-level teaching could and ought to adapt to the preferences and needs of the modern student, inter alia adopting the latest teaching innovations, without compromising on either depth or breadth of messages to be conveyed. To that extent, the next quote by Herbert Simon is pertinent:

Teaching is not entertainment, but it is unlikely to be successful unless it is entertaining.”

Teaching Background and Interests

I have formal qualifications/ training for higher-education teaching from The Netherlands and France, and I have so far taught various Economics courses in Denmark, Romania and Swedenat both undergraduate and graduate levels, to both small and very large classes, and in both longer-term and intensive “mini-course” formats.

My main (but not the only!) teachingand student supervisioninterests are, obviously, in accordance with my current main research interests:

  • Microeconometrics (Theory, Methodology, Applications; including parts that could be stand-alone courses, e.g., Structural Econometric Modeling, Duration Analysis, Program Evaluation, Statistics in Econometrics, etc.)
  • Labor Economics (Micro & Macro; including parts that could also be taught as stand-alone courses, e.g., Personnel Economics, Economics of Education, Specific Labor Markets, Search and Matching in Labor, etc.)
  • (Empirical) Industrial Organization
  • Economics of Strategy
  • (Applied) Microeconomics

Teaching Experience

In inverse chronological order, with brief descriptions/ further information links for the more recent courses/ lectures:

  • Publishing meaningful scientific research in Economics (and related Social Sciences): A hands-on guidance for PhD students and researchers in Romania”, 23-24 November 2017, 2-day seminar/ mini-course organized by the Babes-Bolyai University (UBB) ’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (STAR-UBB Institute) and its Center for Continuing Education and Distance Learning (CFCIDFR), Cluj-Napoca, Romania;  course synopsis (including detailed recommended reading).
    • Graduate level mini-course, approx. 40 participants (PhD or postdoc researchers from various sciences, especially, but not exclusively, from Social Sciences and Economics); organized as 2 intensive lectures of 3 hours.
    • Aims:  hands-on-guidance on how to produce and disseminate what counts as meaningful scientific research in Economics from the current, mainstream, international perspective. While the lectures were primarily targeting scholars and doctoral/ master students in Economic Sciences from Romanian universities and research institutes, anybody interested in Social Sciences more generally could potentially benefit from the pragmatic discussion and tips on academic reading, writing, speaking, publishing, as well as interacting with the wider society.
  •  “Introduction to Structural Econometric Modeling”, 25 September 2017, invited (2-hour) guest lecture, within the course “Economics Research and Communication”, at Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden
    • Undergraduate level lecture, with approx. 35 student participants (some part of the Erasmus exchange)
    • Aims and goals: overview of the debate/polemic between structural vs. atheoretical approaches in applied (micro)econometrics; construction/ evaluation of structural econometric models; (very easy) introduction to structural modeling of IO demand systems. See short list of  recommended further reading.
  • “Topics in Empirical Industrial Organization”, 25 July 2017: intensive crash/refresh mini-course, at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; associated to the ERMAS 2017 conference (conference keynote speakers: Eric Maskin, Ariel Pakes, Aureo de Paula, and Victor Rios-Rull); online mini-course description, including recommended literature (also via
    • Graduate/ continuing-education mini-course, with approx. 35 participants (including Economics PhD students and faculty from various Romanian universities, as well as practitioners from the Competition Council in Romania, etc.); organized as 2 intensive sessions of 3 hours
    • Aims and goals: overview of some of the state-of-the-art econometrics tools for analyzing industrial market outcomes; I covered the main methodological issues arising in the estimation of demand systems, the estimation of production functions, and I gave a bird’s-eye view on the empirical analysis of dynamic oligopoly games.
  • Industrial Economics” (co-taught), Fall 2008 + Fall 2009, at Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University; renamed “Advanced Industrial Economics” at Aarhus more recently
    • Large master level course, with approx. 250 master students; consisted of 27 formal lectures spread over 7 weeks, with 4 lectures (once 3)/ week (usually organized as 2 consecutive lectures, in each of 2 separate week days), and final 3-hour written exam as course assessment; course credits: 5 ECTS.
    • Aims and goals: Students are expected to become familiar with the various models of competition, the determinants of market structure, the conditions that make collusion attractive/ feasible, and the role of competition policy. Inter alia, the course seeks to provide basic tools for understanding differences in the intensity of competition across industries, and its consequences on prices, quantities, quality choice, efficiency, welfare, market structure, and the possibilities of collusion.
    • Topics I taught: entry deterrence / accommodation; product differentiation; market concentration/ power; price collusion; demand system estimation; production function estimation; etc.
  • Economics of Strategy” (co-taught), Fall ‘08 + Spring 2010, at the Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University
    • Large master level course, with approx. 150 master students; consisted of 27 formal lectures spread over 7 weeks, with 4 (once 3) lectures/ week (usually organized as 2 consecutive lectures in each of 2 separate week days), plus a final 3h written exam as course assessment; course credits: 5 ECTS.
    • Aims and goals: Students are expected to understand how a firm can build an organization to achieve strategic goals. Inter alia, this implies studying the boundaries of the firm, the development of newer trends such as outsourcing, offshoring, crowdsourcing, how firms can create incentives to motivate employees to work in their best interest, and how firm structure generally relates to firm strategy.
    • Topics I taught: agency, ownership and control; horizontal and vertical boundaries of the firm; incomplete contracts and the property right approach; relational contracts; corporate hierarchy and culture; etc.
  • Descriptive Economics”, Fall 2008 to Spring 2009, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University
    • Bachelor level course: instruction/ supervision of small groups of students in writing, presenting, and acting as discussants of their colleagues’ term-length individual ‘seminar’ papers. Organized as follows: 2 lectures, plus (optional) meetings with each student during Fall 2008; subsequent presentation/debate sessions (1 student presenter, and 2 “opponents”) of standard lecture time, in Spring 2009 (end March- May); course credits: 5 ECTS.
    • Aims and goals: Students are expected to acquire introductory notions of basic Econometrics applied to specific topics within (in my case) “Labor Markets” and respectively “Education”, concretized through their writing/ presenting/ discussing of term-length descriptive empirical papers.


Sebastian Buhai’s Miscellaneous Essays

Next to the selected essays below, I also post (lately not so…) regularly in blog article/ essay format on the followings weblogs:

  • Personal blog (posts in English or Romanian). View also my former blog (NB: if some links for older posts do not work in my current blog, they should work in my formerwhere they were mechanically migrated from).
  • Blog EconAcademia (posts in Romanian): a blog by Romanian academic economists, which I initiated in December 2014; direct link to my posts there.

Most essays collected here target a wider audience—i.e., not only academic, or at least not just Econ-academicalthough often scientific research and/or other academe-originating concepts are to some extent involved. The documents linked below are mostly (though not always!) in Romanian, but usually have brief explanations in English around them. Related relevant material is available under various ‘news media’ format on my media-coverage page. You can also find a selection of my undergrad student essays (all in English) from University College Utrecht, Utrecht University, on my “UCU” page.

Click on the pdfs.gif<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> (158 bytes) icon and/or corresponding web-links to download/access PDF (or other online format) copies. Neither the explanations nor the links are guaranteed to be updated subsequent to their initial posting here, hence it is possible, e.g., that some links have ceased working: let know if you find such cases (I have sometimes anticipated that by also providing print-screen PDFs, if initially in newspaper format, etc.).

Selection of some relatively recent essays/ presentations:

  • pdfs.gif<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> (158 bytes)The Rise for Academic Integrity in Romanian (Domestic) Economic Sciences“, 1st version online on 4 Dec 2016. Co-authored by 9 Romanian economists from universities abroad and inside Romania, this study—complementing Buhai, Litan and Silaghi (2015), see the bullet point below on this pageshows that in Romania almost no academic economists meet basic international criteria for research quality, such that Romania’s (=an EU member, to put it in perspective) research output in Economic Sciences, adjusted for quality according to (any usual) international standards, is half that of Africa’s average(!), below that of unfortunate countries such as Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Uganda, Ghana, Trinidad-Tobago, Nigeria (not a joke, sadly). At the same time, the national evaluation/ promotion standards used in this field are fully out of line, such that even academics of global acclaim, including Nobel Laureates, John Bates Clark, or Yrjö Jahnsson awardees, would not *minimally qualify* for Econ professorships in Romanian univs (not a joke either). Given that the domestic criteria in place have been decided by individuals failing any international scientific standards, some of whom also violate academic ethic in other ways, and that those people have influence over criteria to be set in the future, this is unlikely to change on its own. We therefore ask the global community of academics’ support for restoring sanity and decency to Economic Sciences in Romania, while calling on all domestic econs to rise for academic integrity and honor, for proper recognition of scientific values. The conclusions of this analysis have been commented by various mass media, including newspapers, radio, and news outlets; see my media coverage page for entries in December 2016 for such links. A large number of (foreign or domestic, including from other sciences) academics have already expressed dismay at the current state of affairs in RO Econ—for public reactions see, e.g., (re)tweets on the EconAcademia twitter in Dec 2016.
  • Initiating manifesto – in pdfs.gif<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> (158 bytes)Romanian and respectively, in pdfs.gif<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> (158 bytes)English – for the 1st Edition of the Annual Scientific Conference of Romanian Academic Economists from Abroad (in Romanian: 1a Editie a Conferintei Stiintifice a Economistilor Romani din Mediul Academic din Strainatate= ERMAS), co-authored with Mihai Copaciu, Cosmin Ilut, and Cristian Litan, in December 2013. A brochure for that conference, gathering several documents (the manifesto, our call for papers, the final program, and the list of participants) can be accessed herepdfs.gif<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> (158 bytes) in Romanian or herepdfs.gif<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> (158 bytes) in English. Full details at or, easier for only English speaking folks, at We also wrote a short statement for the Romanian press underlining some of the expectations for this conference (many of them fulfilled, a posteriori). See also a pdfs.gif<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> (158 bytes)PDF list with links to press coverage of the ERMAS 2014 conference and its aftermath (including press coverage of our being awarded one of the “Top 100: People and Ideas that Move Romania” Foreign Policy (FP) Romania Prizes, at the category “Ideas/Projects”, in early March 2015, for initiating this ERMAS conference).
  • pdfs.gif<br /><br /><br /> (158 bytes) Detailed answers to what finally became an unpublished 10-questions “interview” requested by Romanian national newspaper “Romania Libera”, 10 February 2012 (in Romanian)
  • pdfs.gif (158 bytes) An article entitled “Unii dintre noi vom avea atâta timp liber încât ne vom plictisi. Altii deloc…” (this direct link to the article in Cotidianul online appears to have stopped working at some point, but use the link to the PDF copy from earlier) that I wrote for the Romanian newspaper Cotidianul in their series “5000 de  semne ale viitorului”, published on the 20th of April 2008 (some info about the series in this article by Alexandra Badicioiu). The article linked above also contains some biographical information (both the article and the information have been edited by the journalists from Cotidianul to fit the required space and the format). If the direct link above stops functioning properly, you have above a link to the version saved on my site. There are also some more details and further references to the article linked in the comments section of this post on my old blog. The whole series was then published in a companion book “5000 de semne ale viitorului”: scan of  front cover, first page of my article, second page of my article.
  • pdfs.gif (158<br /><br /><br /> bytes) Scientific Colloquium of Romanian researchers in Denmark, at the residence of the Romanian Ambassador in Denmark, Theodor Paleologu, on the 10th of March 2007. I presented “Economia ca stiinta sau despre imperialismul economic intre stiintele sociale”; you can dowload the PDF presentation linked at the start of this paragraph (in Romanian). I talked a bit more about this colloquium on my blog (also in Romanian). And you can also find something about this event on the site of the Romanian Embassy in DK.

Selection of older essays/ presentations, published in various Romanian mass-media (online or in print format; click to download):

First some short articles (in unedited version) published within the Educational Supplement of the newspaper Gandul, on the lives of several Nobel Laureates (that section is actually called, in direct translation from Romanian, “the Nobel Laureates are also humans…”). I don’t know yet if I will continue with this series.

  • John Harsanyi: O Calatorie Incredibila sau “Daca Vrei cu Adevarat, Poti!” (You can also read this from my blog)- this has not been published in Gandul yet (or this is what I know, it sounds incredible but I am actually never informed whether something was published, will be published and so on- another reason why I am not sure whether it is worth continuing- my 100% voluntary- collaboration there).
  • Jan Tinbergen: Un Om de Stiinta Coborat din Turnul de Fildes (I posted this also on my weblog, here).
  • Jim Heckman: Independenta, Perseverenta, Excelenta. Punct si de la Capat… (You can also access it via my weblog)

I also published a short economic article (the most difficult part was to keep it that short) in the newspaper Cotidianul.

  • Snapshot Economic al Europei in Tranzitie: Noiembrie 2005 .You can also read it directly on their site (I also posted it on my weblog).

I wrote another article

  • Liber-Schimbismul,. Protectionismul si…Amatorismul

initially for the same newspaper Cotidianul but apparently they did not like it (I say “apparently”, since in fact I was never given a reason for “why not”, which is what I would have expected from rational people) so at the very end of the day I ended up just posting it on my blog. Well, who’s interested will find it, read it and- you’re welcome to, by the way- comment on it and on anything else that you find on this page.

I continue with the listing some articles that were initially published on the Romanian online independent portal “Romania, Libera in Viitor” (RLIV), within its weekly electronic publication called “ACUM” (you can find all other articles I wrote for RLIV-ACUM here), sometimes followed by their commenting or re-publication also in other mass-media outlets.

Highlights from RLIV-ACUM (especially articles concerned with science and research policy in Romania):

  • Perspectiva Candidatilor la Presedintie asupra Cercetarii, Stiintei si Tehnologiei. Exemplul SUA, Deziderat in Romania

My questions concerning the status of scientific research in Romania from the second part of this article (the essay was published here, in the RLIV-ACUM’s “Research, Science, Technology” (in Romanian: “Cercetare, Stiinta, Tehnologie”) section that I founded and maintained as editor until June 2005), inspired from the questions addressed by the prestigious journal Science to the USA presidential candidates and addressed to the Romanian presidential candidates in 2004, were publicly sustained by means of open letters, by the Ad-Astra Association of Romanian Researchers (in Romanian: Asociatia “Ad-Astra” a Cercetatorilor Romani), the Romanian Academic Forum (in Romanian: Forumul Academic Roman=FAR) and by several scientists of Romanian origin, including the Nobel Prize Laureate, Professor George Emil Palade. Some accounts in the mass-media and on the web sites of the organizations involved can be read in what follows: press communicate FAR, press communicates Ad-Astra, open letter signed also by Prof. Palade, other echoes in the Romanian mass-media: Evenimentul Zilei (also here and here), Ziua (also here), Romanian Global News (also here). Two of the Romanian presidential candidates answered the questions, Mr. Marko Bela and Mr. Adrian Nastase. A reaction of FAR to these two answers can be read here.

  • Renasterea Prestigiului Doctoral in Romania

This short essay is the result of a joint brainstorming of several Romanian scientists working in research outside Romania, voluntarily organized in a taskforce to help the Romanian Ministry of Education in its planned reform of the Romanian High Education and Research sectors- it summarizes imperative measures needed to reform the doctoral programs in Romania and to consequently contribute to the rebirth of the Romanian doctoral prestige. It was published here, in the section “Cercetare, Stiinta, Tehnologie” of RLIV-ACUM. Miruna Munteanu wrote an excellent article related to this document in Ziua.

  • Conditia Cercetatorului Stiintific: Intre Realitatea de Acasa si Idealul din Afara

I wrote this essay linked above for the conference “Migration of Young Romanian Researchers: Performances and Possibilities of Return”, organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute (Institutul Cultural Roman=ICR) in Sinaia,October 2004. The essay can be found on the site of the ICR, it was published also on RLIV-ACUM (here with the abstract in the beginning as well), and in the Ad-Astra Journal.

  • PDF Presentation of the paper “Conditia Cercetatorului…” (plus some other thoughts), at the Sinaia conference mentioned above

Some people in the audience totally disagreed with me, but that presentation seemed to be interesting (provoking?) enough to get me quite a few subsequent interviews for Romanian TV channels, radio, and press…

Other— random selection—articles published in RLIV-ACUM (selection):

  • Scurt despre Zei si Pamanteni in Context Autohton
  • Cum Clavis: Modul de Alegere a Viitorului Papa
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Media Coverage

Mass-media coverage of Sebastian Buhai

Below you can check out a selection of press/magazine articles and other news media, including television or radio talk-shows, where I have been interviewed/ invited/ covered (with saved PDF versions where possible—clicking on pdfs.gif (158 bytes)—should the direct links cease to function); although most articles are in Romanian, they have often got brief explanations in English below on this page (for newer items). Please note that items are not updated/ rechecked after their initial posting. The starred ones Starredare larger contributions (long interviews, live talk-shows, etc.). In reverse chronological order (and listed on this page with a certain time lag):

  • StarredActual de Cluj, 15 August 2017saved PDF pdfs.gif (158 bytes) versionby Kristina Restea: “Din grupul economiştilor care au declarat război imposturii în mediul academic din Romania, tara unde premianţi de Nobel nu au loc în Universităţi. Sebastian Buhai, cercetător român la Stockholm: “Vorbim de o lume paralelă, asta e şocant!””. This interview with excellent questions by journalist Kristina Restea takes on, inter alia, expected eventual changes in the Romanian academic system following our Buhai et al (2016) report and manifesto: “The Rise for Academic Integrity in Romanian (Domestic) Economic Sciences” (see also the 4 Dec 2016 entry on my “essays” page for further details; for other extensive coverage in the Romanian mass-media about that report please see below on this “media coverage” page the entries dated 14 Dec 2016 and 6 dec 2016); the Actual de Cluj article was also taken over, in various formats, by, among others,,,,,,, etc. Unfortunately, despite the extensive media coverage and the thumbs up from many academics (economists and beyond) inside and outside Romania, Romanian decision-makers in context did not do almost anything to address and correct the absurdities (inter alia, “academic prostitution” is but an euphemism to picture what is asked from our economist colleagues inside Romania to be successful and to promote within the current system) that we pointed out in that report (as well as in reports from previous years, e.g., this one…). Surely then, the show *must* go on and, hopefully, many more will join in our (velvet) revolution!
  • StarredLive 30-min interview on Look TVthe “Casa Poporului” program hosted by Ciprian Aron, 1 August 2017, about the persistent, ubiquitous, to-many-unbelievable-but-sadly-real problems of the Romanian university/ academic system concerning Economic Sciences (and not only), and about initiatives meant to help, such as, e.g., the ERMAS annual conferences, etc. No link online appears to be available, but see some pics.

Projects & Links

Sebastian Buhai’s Projects and Links

[my photo/ video galleries online]
Flikr Sets, Twitter Media, YouTube Channel

Read my favourite blog.

Check out my favourite twitter feed.

I initiated a portal for RO Academic Economists.

I initiated an annual conference for RO Academic Economists.

I initiated a blog for RO Academic Economists.

See also a bunch of random links from my older website, which I should (re)organize as soon as possible…